It’s time once again for Lexiophile’s annual Top 100 Language Lovers competition. This year, they’ve changed things around a bit, so they’re ranking language-related Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, as well as language learning and professional blogs.
If you are new to online professional development, or looking to expand your network, this is one of the best opportunities around to discover new blogs. The blogs on this list are there because they’ve been nominated by readers, which means that they come with recommendations. Last year, I found blogs that I’d never heard of before, but now love. Cyberspace is a big place, and there are always gems waiting to be discovered. Regardless of how you feel about rankings and competitions, I encourage you to go window shopping for new blogs to read!
If you receive Teaching Village updates through an rss feeder or by email, you may not have noticed the two award badges in the right sidebar. One is for being the 3rd ranked language teaching blog last year in Lexiophiles’ annual competition. (The other is for being tefl.net’s Site of the Year last year.)
Teaching Village has been nominated again this year as one of the top 100 language learning blogs. Like everyone else on the list, I’m thrilled to have received a nominated, and am fully aware that any recognition this blog gets is a reflection of the fabulous teacher community we have in our guest authors, commenting readers, and silent supporters. Thank you for your continued support.
I’m doubly thrilled to see so many of Teaching Village’s guest authors nominated for the writing they do on their own excellent blogs. They include:
Anne Hodgson, for The Island Weekly. Her guest post, A Socializing Game: Driver’s Seat, introduces a speaking game that will get your more advanced learners taking a more proactive role in conversation.
Shelly Sanchez Terrell, for Teacher Reboot Camp. Shelly has written two guest posts for Teaching Village, both with the mix of practical help and technology savvy she is known for. Her first post, EFL Teacher’s Kit for Surviving Kids, provides exactly what the title promises, and her second, Digital Digits: Creative Ideas for Finger Plays, demonstrates a really simple way to update a young learner staple with a technology twist.
Graham Stanley, for blog-efl. Graham’s guest post, One Week in My Second Life, gives us a peek at real teaching in a virtual world. The post was actually written by Graham’s Second Life alter ego, Baldric Commons, but Baldric never minds sharing credit.
There are also a number of nominated blogs written by teachers I like and respect, and hope to persuade to add to Teaching Village’s collected wisdom as guest authors in the future.
OUP ELT Global Blog by Oxford University Press. The phenomenal webmaster here is Alex Williams. Alex’s work also earned OUP a nomination for top Facebook language page for Oxford University Press – ELT.
TEFLTastic by Alex Case
If you aren’t following these blogs already, you should be.
You can get competition updates on Twitter, as well, by following @babla or the #tll11 hashtag.
After you’ve browsed through the language learning blogs (and language professional blogs, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts) listed on the Lexiophiles site, and found some new gems of your own, please show some love to one of the nominees in each of the four categories. Everyone likes to feel appreicated
Vote here: Language Lovers 2011